Fort Lauderdale Commission Agrees to Cover One-Way Bus Tickets for the Homeless

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

The Fort Lauderdale Commission approved a $25,000 program yesterday to bus homeless people out of town, with the intent to get them back together with family and friends.

Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the "Homeless Outreach Unification Program," which uses funding from the state law enforcement trust fund.

As the vote implies, not everyone was on board with this idea.

Vice Mayor Bobby DuBose noted that several other cities around the country have a similar program, effectively setting up a nationwide bus tour for homeless people.

He reiterated that he's definitely in favor of helping out the homeless, but said, "I think we can do better than just trying to kick the can down the road."

Broward apparently uses this program, lining up between five and 10 trips per week, although the county currently have a backlog of around 100 people who want to be bussed elsewhere.

Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom said they should treat this $25,000 program more as a "study," and kind of see what happens with it. Rodstrom argued that the law enforcement trust fund has to be used very specifically, and the homeless-bussing fits the bill.

Rodstrom also said the commission wanted to do this same thing around 15-20 years ago, but "they didn't do it because it got in the press and it was such a bad article."

The program was approved, and DuBose cast the only dissenting vote.

New Times on Facebook | The Pulp on Facebook | Matthew Hendley on Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Matthew Hendley |

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.